NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to five classes of notes issued by Guggenheim MM CLO 2021-3, Ltd., a cash flow collateralized loan obligation (CLO) backed by a diversified portfolio of middle market and broadly syndicated corporate loans.
Guggenheim MM CLO 2021-3, Ltd. is managed by Guggenheim Corporate Funding, LLC (“GCF” or the “collateral manager”). The deal will have a four-year reinvestment period. The legal final maturity is on January 21, 2034. The ratings reflect initial credit enhancement levels, excess spread, and coverage tests including overcollateralization ratio and interest coverage tests.
The collateral will mainly consist of a mix of middle market and broadly syndicated leveraged loans issued by corporate obligors diversified across sectors. The total portfolio par amount is $400.0 million with exposure to 165 obligors. The obligors in the portfolio have a K-WARF of 3123, which represents a weighted average portfolio credit assessment of approximately B-. KBRA has also considered the potential for near to medium term negative portfolio credit deterioration.
Guggenheim Corporate Funding, LLC, (“GCF”), the registered investment advisor that focuses on private debt origination (and together with other affiliates, "Guggenheim Investments") will act as collateral manager for this transaction. As of June 30, 2021, Guggenheim Investments had more than $255 billion in assets under management (AUM), including $221 billion of fixed income AUM.
On the closing date, the Issuer is expected to merge with the Warehouse Borrower, Hobson Capital, LLC, a middle market loan warehouse managed by the collateral manager which initially closed in December 2019. KBRA maintains current ratings on the warehouse, which were affirmed in December 2020. The closing date merger contemplates the termination of the warehouse agreement and payment in full of all outstanding notes. As such, we expect to withdraw the ratings on Hobson Capital, LLC on the closing date.
The preliminary rating on the Class A and B Notes considers the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal by the applicable stated maturity date, while the preliminary ratings on the Class C, D, and E Notes consider the ultimate payment of interest and principal.
KBRA analyzed the transaction using the Structured Credit Global Rating Methodology, the Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology, and the ESG Global Rating Methodology.
Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.
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